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viktor bout shot by a thai policeman?" >> milione: the thought did cross my mind that something really bad is going to happen to him right here. but then, he complied. >> keteyian: it turned out there was no weapon in the briefcase. the disarming of viktor bout was now officially complete. >> milione: the thais cuff him. he's taken into custody. smulian's taken into custody. >> keteyian: does bout say anything? >> milione: "the game is over" or something like that. >> keteyian: "the game is over." >> milione: right. >> keteyian: but then, a new game began. bout became the center of a legal tug of war between the u.s. and russia, which wanted him released back to moscow. bout said he only went to thailand as a simple tourist, not an arms dealer. bout and the russians managed to delay his extradition to america for more than two and a half years. but last tuesday, after a sting that played out on three continents, the d.e.a. finally got their man. they flew him to new york, where he pled not guilty to charges, including conspiracy to kill americans.
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when bout rode under tight security in a convoy to jail in manhattan, riding right along with him was louis milione. this is the "lord of war," the "merchant of death." >> milione: right. >> keteyian: and you've got him in your hands. >> milione: right. he's in custody. it's a great feeling. it's an absolutely great feeling. >> cbs moneywatch update. >> mitchell: good evening. the "wall street journal" reports federal authorities are preparing insider trading charges against wall street bankers, traders and analysts. ireland will get a financial bailout of more than $100 billion. and the new harry potter movie bewitched the box office faking in $125 million this weekend. i'm russ mitchell, cbs news. it makes it hard to do a lot of things. and i'm a guy who likes to go exploring ... get my hands dirty... and try new things. so i asked my doctor if spiriva could help me breathe better.
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>> kroft: for generations, scientists have wrestled with the idea of creating new forms of life in the laboratory. now that age is upon us. the latest milestone occurred this summer when the microbiologist j. craig venter announced that a team of his scientists had created a synthetic bacteria designed on a computer with man-made d.n.a. the announcement was greeted with a mixture of praise, skepticism, and rancor, which is familiar territory for venter. he's one of the most famous scientists in the world, known for his pioneering work in deciphering the human genetic code. but he's also one of the most controversial-- an iconoclast with a brilliant mind and an outsized ego, who has flaunted the conventional wisdom and tweaked the staid scientific establishment at every turn. you don't have to spend much time with craig venter to understand that he likes to go fast. he's an adrenaline junky, whose willingness to take big risks
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has led to bold scientific breakthroughs, and he's not exactly shy about touting those accomplishments. where would you rank yourself in terms of scientific accomplishments? >> craig venter: well, in the field of genomics, it... i think the record is pretty clear cut. so, the first genome in history, the first draft of the human genome, the first complete version of the human genome. and having the first synthetic cells. >> kroft: so, the answer to the question is, "pretty high"? >> venter: i mean, it's really hard to assess that yourself. but i think the teams that we have and what we've accomplished are certainly amongst the biggest discoveries in modern science. >> kroft: if you have some stereotype of a scientist in your mind, craig venter probably doesn't fit it. he's scuba-dived with sharks to gather microbes in the pacific, and spent much of the past summer sailing through the greek isles on his 95-foot research vessel plucking new genetic material from the sea. he rarely goes anywhere without his wife heather and their dog, darwin.
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and their home high above the pacific in la jolla, california, suggests the quest for scientific truth requires no vow of poverty. this is a nice place. >> venter: i have been lucky. sort of the accidental millionaire, in terms of people keep giving me money to... to start companies to exploit the... the science. >> kroft: he runs both a privately held bio-tech company called synthetic genomics, and a non-profit research lab, the j. craig venter institute. together, they employ more than 500 people on two coasts, including one nobel laureate, hamilton smith, and some of the top scientists in the world. >> venter: so, i'm much more like an orchestra conductor, you know, than the violinist. >> kroft: what do you think your greatest talent is? >> venter: i have an unusual type of thinking. i have no visual memory whatsoever-- everything is conceptual to me. so, i... i think that's part of it. i see things differently. >> kroft: venter likes to think big, and his latest advancement is no exception. so, this is what all the fuss is about? >> venter: this is the first synthetic species.
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>> kroft: and how long did it take you to make this? >> venter: well, if you count the total time from the conception, about 15 years. >> kroft: and how many millions? >> venter: about $40 million over that entire time period. >> kroft: in practical terms, it is about as useful as the mold that grows in a bachelor's refrigerator, but, scientifically, it's a milestone. the bacteria, which is similar to one found in the intestines of goats, was designed on a computer, manufactured in the laboratory, and gets its genetic instructions from a synthetic chromosome made by man, not nature. and it's alive? >> venter: it's alive and self- replicating. that means it can indefinitely grow and make copies of itself. >> kroft: did you design this to do anything, in particular? >> venter: no. we designed this just to see if we could do this whole experiment using synthetic d.n.a., and now that we know we can do it, it's worth the effort to now make the things that could be valuable. >> kroft: just how valuable
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remains to be seen, but venter believes this is the first baby step in a biological revolution, one in which it will be possible to custom-design and reprogram bacteria and other organisms to churn out new medicines, foods, and clean sources of energy. what you're doing is programming cells like somebody would program software. >> venter: d.n.a. is the software of life. there's no question about it. and the key to evolution of life on this planet, and now the key to the future of life on this planet, is understanding how to write that software. >> kroft: so, you see bio- engineered fuel, for example? >> venter: i see, in the future, bio-engineered almost everything you can imagine that we use. >> kroft: how far off is some of this? >> venter: the first things will start to come out in the next few years. i think, possibly, next year's flu vaccine could come from these synthetic d.n.a. processes. instead of months to make a new vaccine each year, we could do it in 24 hours or less.
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>> kroft: he has already signed a contract with a major pharmaceutical firm to try and do it. b.p. is funding research to experiment with underground microbes that feed off coal and produce natural gas. and exxon-mobil has committed $300 million to venter's company to genetically enhance an algae that lives off carbon dioxide and produces an oil that can be refined into gasoline. so you're trying to cut down on co2 in the atmosphere, which people believe causes global warming, and also create a fuel? >> venter: exactly. the question is on the scale that it needs to be done at, you know? facilities the size of san francisco. >> kroft: really? >> venter: yes. >> kroft: the city? >> venter: yeah. >> kroft: venter and his team are not the only players in this growing field known as synthetic biology. for years, dupont has been using genetically modified bacteria to make a compound used in clothing and carpets. amyris discovered a way to genetically modify yeast to produce an anti-malarial drug. another company, ls9, has altered the genes of e. coli
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bacteria to produce fuel. but all of them are modifying a few genes, not designing all of them. venter's rivals say his method is commercially impractical. but he's made a career out of bucking the scientific establishment, and earned lots of enemies with his brash behavior and his knack for grabbing research money and the spotlight. so, what are your faults? >> venter: probably impatience is the... you know, the biggest one. i don't suffer fools too well. that, you know, i'm not going to ever win a political contest. >> kroft: a lot of people have said you're a self-promoter, an egomaniac? >> venter: yeah. >> kroft: true? partially true? not true at all? >> venter: you know, if we hold a press conference, it's considered self-promotion. but somebody at a university-- the university holds the press conference and that's not self- promotion. >> kroft: overly ambitious? >> venter: i'm sure i'm very guilty of that. >> kroft: that wasn't always the
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case. he grew up in the suburbs of san francisco as the prototypical surfer dude and a classic underachiever. >> venter: i was a horrible student. i really hated school. >> kroft: were you good in math and science? >> venter: i was not really good in anything, you know? i almost flunked out of high school. >> kroft: you got a college scholarship for swimming, right? >> venter: yes. but i didn't take it, so at age 17, i moved to southern california to take up surfing. >> kroft: that was it? >> venter: that was it. >> kroft: in 1965, reality set in. he got drafted off his surfboard, joined the navy as a medic, and was sent to vietnam to work at a field hospital in da nang. the experience changed his life, and motivated him to go back to school and pursue a career in medical research. he became a rising star at the national institutes of health, and just as quickly grew frustrated with the politics and bureaucracy of government science. when the n.i.h. declined to fund some of his unorthodox new ideas, he left and found private
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investors who would. >> venter: i think we have a real problem with how science is funded and done in this country. almost every breakthrough i've been associated with is from having independent money. and once they worked, we can get tons of government money to follow up on it. but we could never get the money to do the initial experiment. >> kroft: in 1998, a company that made cutting edge technology to analyze d.n.a. hired him to take on the federal government in a race to identify all the genetic material in the human body. the federally funded human genome project had already been working on it for years. why did you decide to challenge the government? >> venter: the way it was being done just didn't make any sense. we ended up doing it in nine months instead of 15 years. that's a big difference. >> kroft: when the competition produced bad blood and bad publicity in the scientific community, the clinton administration arranged for the
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two sides to announce a truce and a tie, even though many believe that venter's company, celera genomics, was ahead. but for venter, the celebration was short-lived. the tension between making science and making money, and personality conflicts with his corporate bosses, got venter sacked a year and a half later. you accomplished all this stuff, and you got fired by the company that brought you in to do this. >> venter: yup. >> kroft: they locked the doors. >> venter: they locked the doors and sent me away. >> kroft: the experience left him deeply depressed, but he was financially well off and still in business, having endowed his research institute with $100 million in stock at the height of the biotech boom. within a few years, he was once again making waves in the world of science. only this time, at age 64, he's not just trying to decipher genetic codes; now, he's trying to create them. this is a quote from one of your critics. "he's trying to short-circuit
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millions of years of evolution and create his own version of second genesis. it's the height of hubris. it's irresponsible. and he can't tell you it's going to be safe." >> venter: except for the second part, i was taking that as a compliment. ( laughs ) i can tell you what we're doing is safe; that there's no way that i can guarantee that other people that use these tools will do intelligent, safe experiments with it. but i think the chance of evil happening with this and somebody even trying to do deliberate evil would be pretty hard. >> kroft: why? >> venter: because the complexity of biology. you know, we're not working with human pathogens. we're working with algae cells. and part of our design is cells that won't survive outside of a facility or a laboratory. and we think other scientists will adopt these same approaches. >> kroft: there are some things that concern you about this? >> venter: well, it... it is powerful technology. it's something that needs to be monitored, absolutely. >> kroft: president obama was
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concerned enough to ask his commission on bioethics to hold hearings on venter's new technology shortly after the results were published in the journal "science." apart from the legal and regulatory questions raised, there are some moral and ethical ones, as well. there are a lot of people in this country who don't think that you ought to screw around with nature. >> venter: we don't have too many choices now. we are a society that is 100% dependent on science. we're going to go up in our population in the next 40 years, we can't deal with the population we have without destroying our environment. >> kroft: but aren't you playing god? >> venter: we're not playing anything. we're understanding the rules of life. >> kroft: but that's... that's more than studying life; that's changing life. >> venter: well, domesticating animals was changing life. domesticating corn-- when you do cross-breeding of plants, you're doing this blind experiment where you're just mixing d.n.a. of different types of cells and just seeing what comes out of it. >> kroft: this is a little different, though. this is another step, isn't it?
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>> venter: yeah, now, we're doing it in a deliberate design fashion with tiny bacteria. i think it's much healthier to do it based on some knowledge and a better understanding of life than to do it blindly and randomly. >> kroft: you know, i've asked two or three times, "do you think you're playing god?" i mean, do you believe in god? >> venter: no. i believe the universe is far more wonderful than just assuming it was made by some higher power. i think the fact that these cells are software-driven machines and that software is d.n.a. and that's the... truly, the secret of life is writing software is pretty miraculous. just seeing that process in the simplest forms that we're just witnessing is pretty stunning. >> with the cbs sports update presented by lipitor. i'm james brown in new york with the scores around the nfl.
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the patriots and jets win and remain tied for first in the afc east. wins by the materials and ravens leave them tied in the north. the packers tie the bears. atlanta, new orleans. falcons still lead in the nfc south while the seahawks lead in the west. for more log on to cbssports.com. for more log on to cbssports.com. ,,,,
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>> logan: mark wahlberg has made a career of reinventing himself like no one else in show business. today he is not only one of the most sought-after actors in hollywood, he's also one of the top producers-- this from somebody who was sitting in a boston prison when most kids his age were graduating from high school. the former street tough has been nominated for an academy award, and is an executive producer of four television shows. but now, he's on the verge of unveiling a highly anticipated movie that became an obsession.
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he produced and stars in "the fighter," an intense and true family drama about two boxing brothers from wahlberg's native massachusetts. "the fighter" will premiere next month. but tonight, you will get a peek at what mark wahlberg says is the most satisfying and brutal project he's ever been involved in. in the movie, wahlberg plays "irish" micky ward, the blue collar boxer and perennial underdog from lowell, massachusetts, who struggles to emerge from the shadow of his older brother, dicky, a promising boxer turned crack head played by christian bale. >> christian bale: why am i the problem? i'm his brother, i'm his family. >> mark wahlberg: i'm the one who's fighting, okay-- not you, not you and not you. >> logan: the rocky relationship between the two brothers is at the heart of "the fighter." for the movie's boxing scenes, wahlberg stepped into the ring himself. stunt men were out of the question. was it hard to just stand and take it and take it and take it?
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>> mark wahlberg: it doesn't tickle, that's for sure. >> logan: did you ever get hurt? >> wahlberg: i almost got my nose broken a couple of times. because when we shot the fights, the goal for me was always to make it as real as possible. >> logan: to that end, wahlberg got ready for the film as if he was training for a title fight. >> wahlberg: i didn't want to look like an actor who could box; i wanted to look like a boxer who could win the world title. we trained right here... >> logan: ...at his home in beverly hills. >> wahlberg: this is where we choreographed all the fights. >> logan: ...wahlberg built a boxing mecca, complete with a top-of-the-line ring. you took this seriously. >> wahlberg: we were in here eight to ten hours a day. >> logan: it was here that he brought the real brothers, micky and dicky, to help with his training. >> logan: mark trained for the role for four years, not knowing whether one frame of the film would ever be shot. "the fighter" almost didn't get made. directors and co-stars came and went. did you ever think, "you know, gosh, i'm never going to get this made. this is just impossible."
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>> wahlberg: there were certainly times where i would wake up at 4:30 in the morning, you know, my trainer would ring the bell. and, "oh god." i'm like, "i better get this movie made." you know, "kill somebody if i don't get this movie made." >> logan: did you get obsessed with it? >> wahlberg: i was, yeah, i was. >> logan: what made you say, "this is the one." what was it about it? >> wahlberg: i was such a huge micky ward fan. >> logan: always? even growing up? >> wahlberg: yeah. oh, yeah. i mean, god, you know, the name "micky ward" was, to me, like the name "larry bird," just a local sports hero. >> logan: in micky ward, mark also saw glimpses of his own story. like ward, wahlberg was one of nine kids and grew up in working class massachusetts. were these streets really rough when you were growing up? we went back, with wahlberg, to his hometown of dorchester, a scrappy section of boston. >> wahlberg: the old guy from the store? >> logan: yeah? >> wahlberg: he thinks i owe him money. >> logan: do you owe him money? >> wahlberg: i think it's my brother who owes him money. it's my brother, georgie.
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it's my brother. >> logan: wahlberg dropped out of school when he was 13. he ran with the wrong crowd, and from the law. what happened to a lot of the other kids that were on the streets with you? >> wahlberg: well, unfortunately, you know, a lot of friends are either dead or in jail, you know. >> logan: mark used to sneak out of his bedroom window and hit the streets for late nights of boozing, brawling, dealing, and stealing. were you a good thief? >> wahlberg: i was pretty good. i was pretty good. i was pretty daring. >> jim flavin: you were a pain in the neck, but you were always respectful. >> logan: a rare positive influence for mark was father jim flavin. the street punk and the parish priest struck up an unlikely friendship. father flavin saw a glimmer of wahlberg's future one day during one of mark's many appearances in court before a judge. >> flavin: he was just pouring it onto the judge-- you know, "i'll never do it again." you know, "i'm sorry," and he was wonderful. you know, he started tearing up, and the judge just melted and said, "all right," you know, "this'll be it." and he turned around and started
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out, and he looked at me and winked. and i said, "you little bugger." that was an academy award performance in the courtroom. >> logan: father flavin says that he could barely see you over the steering wheel when you were driving around, waving at him from stolen cars. >> wahlberg: that is true. i just liked to drive. >> logan: a lot of people like to drive cars, but they don't necessarily steal them to drive them. >> wahlberg: well, that was not a good idea. >> logan: but on an april night in 1988, mark's crimes turned more serious. he attacked a man with a stick on this dorchester sidewalk, simply because he wanted the man's two cases of beer. did you realize that this man who you'd hit with a stick in the eye, that he'd lost his eye and that he'd... when did you find out? >> wahlberg: not until later, until we started going through the court proceedings. >> logan: and what did you think? >> wahlberg: oh, god, i was just, you know, horrified. >> logan: did you ever apologize to the man that you hurt? >> wahlberg: yes.
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i got up in front of the court, was able to address the court and him. and then, you know, they just put the shackles on me and took me away. >> logan: wahlberg pled guilty and was sent to a 19th-century prison. he was 17. >> flavin: it was the worst prison we had in boston. >> logan: and he was afraid? >> flavin: he'd never admit it. >> logan: but you thought he was? >> flavin: yeah. >> wahlberg: at first, i'm thinking, "well, i'm one of the guys now. i made it." and then i just realized, well, this is what it means to be one of the guys? and i just wanted more out of my life. >> logan: after serving 45 days in prison, his life turned when he followed his older brother donnie into a music studio. mark became a new man-- marky mark... a white rapper in the hip-hop world. ♪ >> logan: his 1991 song, "good vibrations," went gold. he became known for his antics onstage, where, to the delight
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of screaming girls, he dropped his pants. ( cheers and applause ) >> wahlberg: it's not like i should take credit for this, like, ingenious idea. i just pulled down my pants. and my mother did not like it all. >> logan: what did you say when your mother complained? >> wahlberg: "i wouldn't do it anymore." >> logan: and then you went out, and did it again. >> wahlberg: yeah. >> logan: the dropping of his drawers inspired an ad campaign that featured wahlberg in his calvin klein underwear. when you look back at that part of your career, how do you feel about it? >> wahlberg: it was certainly, ah, got my foot in the door and allowed me to get where i am today. but i'm glad that i don't do that anymore. action! >> logan: soon after, wahlberg received a pivotal phone call from director penny marshall. she was casting a new movie, "renaissance man." >> wahlberg: and when i sat down with her, i was like, "no, i don't want to act." she goes, "what do you mean? you're acting all the... you're acting right now." you know, "you're just acting like you're a cool... you act like a tough guy." you know, "take the pages. go outside, look them over, and then come back in and audition for one of the parts."
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>> logan: he did. he got the job. >> wahlberg: present, sir. tommy lee heywood, walakoochee, georgia." >> logan: was it hard for you to be taken seriously as an actor in the beginning? did people kind of scoff at you because you were the sort of rap boy? >> wahlberg: it was definitely something that was frowned upon. and i don't think all the other things that i was associated with helped. but, you know, i felt like i really found my niche. this is what i'm supposed to be doing. >> logan: acting forced him to become disciplined for the first time in his life. >> wahlberg: in the music business, they kind of, you know, encourage you to be irresponsible. >> logan: you had been pretty good at being irresponsible up to that point. >> wahlberg: exactly. so i needed the change of pace. we can always do better. >> logan: he earned the respect of critics after he pulled off a flawless performance as an innocent teenager turned porn star in "boogie nights." >> wahlberg: please don't be mean to me. >> logan: there's something so vulnerable about you in that film that really took people by surprise, because that wasn't the image that anyone had of you. >> wahlberg: that was a big turning point for me, you know,
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because i was really worried about what are the guys in the neighborhood going to think. but then i was, like, "you know, what? if i want to be an actor, i got to be an actor. i can't worry about what everybody else's going to think." hey, i forgot the password, but if you'd like to come down to the garage with me, i'd be happy to give it to you. >> logan: a few years later came the film "the departed," and an oscar nomination for wahlberg. but what has perhaps given wahlberg the most cachet in hollywood is his series about hollywood. as an executive producer, he developed "entourage," the hit hbo show about a star actor who hires his boyhood friends to serve as his entourage. whose idea was it? >> wahlberg: it depends on who you ask. >> logan: i'm asking you. >> wahlberg: well, obviously, it's.... i would say it's my idea because it's based on my... my life and my guys. >> logan: it's based on your life, but how much of your life is really... kind of ends up in it. >> wahlberg: very loose. >> logan: maybe not so loose. in "entourage," the character johnny drama likes to hit golf
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balls from his roof top. guess where that idea came from. yes, wahlberg likes to drive golf balls into his beverly hills neighborhood. >> wahlberg: that's money, baby. ooh, is this cousin drama? >> logan: some people might expect hollywood actors to have an entourage because they're the kind of prima donnas, but it seems to me that you really have an entourage because you can't say no. >> wahlberg: i'm not good at saying no. that is a problem. >> logan: it nearly became a real problem on the set of one of his bigger films. >> wahlberg: i remember bringing my friends to the set of "the perfect storm." it was the first time i shot a movie in boston and, you know, they're looking at the cameras and all the equipment, and they're like, "what's one of those things worth?" i'm like, "one of those panavision cameras? it's probably like $250,000." and they're like, "oh, my god, we're going to steal this thing." i'm like, "first of all, you can't steal that off the movie, okay? we're shooting, we need this thing to shoot. but second of all, where are you going to sell a panavision camera? to george at the corner store?" >> logan: wahlberg has become a
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powerhouse in the entertainment world. he is an executive producer of three other series on hbo... >> what's going on? i mean, the kid from boston is taking over. >> logan: ...including "boardwalk empire," the high profile mob drama he co-produces with martin scorcese. more series and movies are in the pipeline. >> wahlberg: get them up. >> logan: he prefers producing to acting, partly because it allows him to spend more time at home with his wife and four kids. he's gone from bad boy to family guy, at his home in beverly hills, on the basketball court he built. >> wahlberg: you want to go on the motorcycle? >> logan: it's obvious how much he enjoys this new life. what do you love about it? >> wahlberg: oh, them-- waking up early and climbing in the bed with us, or seeing my son smile, you know, hearing my daughter read. i just don't like them on sugar, because then it's going to go to spankytown, and i don't want to go to spankytown. >> logan: wahlberg is not only devoted to his family; he tries to make it to church every day,
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no matter where he is in the world. and when father flavin's parish gym needed a facelift back home, it was mark who stepped in. how much money did he give you for that? >> flavin: you know, i don't remember. >> logan: father. you're a man of the cloth, you're supposed to tell the truth at all times. a lot of money? >> flavin: oh, yeah. it was hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> logan: so, he's very generous. >> flavin: he is, extremely. >> logan: in dorchester, at the boys and girls club, a place where he was once banned for life... >> wahlberg: nice steal. >> logan: ...wahlberg gives his time and money to help kids, many of whom now see him as a hometown hero. what do you say to those kids when they look at you and say, "well, you didn't finish high school and look where you are?" >> wahlberg: it's my biggest regret. i feel like, if i was able to do what i did with not going to high school and getting a college degree, imagine what i could have done with a real education. i'd be running whatever studio i work for. >> logan: wahlberg feels he
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snuck in hollywood's back door. as he approaches the age of 40, with a movie coming out next month that he considers his proudest achievement, mark wahlberg knows he made a narrow escape from life on the streets. how do you define yourself, i mean, when you look at your career and who you are? >> wahlberg: a lucky son of a bitch. i had this chronic, deep ache all over -- it was a mystery to me. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain. and with less pain, i can do more of what matters to me. [ female announcer ] lyrica is not for everyone. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worsening depression,
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>> pelley: now, andy rooney. >> rooney: i think i speak for all of you watching when i say that this is the time of the
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year we love because it's not too late for us to plan to do our christmas shopping early. the stores have been advertising christmas for a couple of weeks now, and the rockefeller center christmas tree will be lit on november 30. someone said the christmas season doesn't start officially until november 26, but i don't know who officiates on that. every year, i hope to do some shopping before thanksgiving, but i probably won't get at it again this year. december is still around the corner, after all, so it's still early to shop. in other years, i've ruined christmas for myself by waiting until the last minute to do my shopping. i get so nervous about not having a good present for one of my four kids or five grandchildren that i can't sleep at night. it says in the bible that "it is more blessed to give than to receive." well, maybe, but i wouldn't knock the cheerful receiver, either.
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it takes more class to be a good getter than it takes to be a giver. the best gift getters give you the feeling that they really like what you gave them, even if you don't. i've been given four great presents in my life-- a three- wheeler iver johnson bicycle when i was about five; a $10 bill from my uncle when i was eight; a big league baseball with babe ruth and lou gehrig's autographs on it; and, more recently, a five-pound can of dry roasted peanuts. i was thinking of getting started buying my christmas presents early this year. i thought maybe at lunch time tomorrow, but i remembered i had a dentist appointment. so i'll start shopping early later. >> pelley: finally tonight, we're introducing a new way to watch "60 minutes"-- on the ipad. our new application is now available, featuring stories from this week, from our archives, and extra content not seen on the broadcast, all available to you anytime anywhere.
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